Families face tough choice selecting the best play equipment for Garratt Park

Published: Thursday, July 18, 2019

Families and children living in Earlsfield are being asked to help decide which improvements they would like to see to playground equipment at a popular local neighbourhood green space.

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One of the three designs parents can choose

Following on from an initial round of public consultation, the council and its parks contractor Enable Leisure and Culture have drawn up plans to improve the play facilities at Garratt Park.

Now children and families living nearby are being asked to look at three options for improvements and say which one they prefer.

The choices are a big improvement on what is currently offered at Garratt Park and are designed to provide exciting and challenging play equipment for children aged between two and 14.

They include large climbing towers, scramble nets, rope bridges, pendulum swings, rolling logs and a giant disc roundabout.

The council’s parks and environment spokesman Cllr Steffi Sutters said: “These designs are so good it will be a tough choice for families to decide which one they like best.

“Whatever the final outcome of the consultation I’m quite sure that parents and children in the area will be delighted when the new equipment is unveiled. All the choices offer really exciting and challenging play equipment for them to enjoy.

“Garratt Park is an important and popular green oasis in this part of Earlsfield and while there are already some good facilities there, we think there is certainly room for improvement.”

The consultation is now up and running and continues until August 18.

To look at the designs and take part in the consultation online please visit https://haveyoursay.citizenspace.com/wandsworthecs/garratt-park-19/.

People who would prefer a paper copy can email consult@wandsworth.gov.uk or call (020) 3959 0060.

Funding for these improvements will come from the Wandsworth Local Fund (WLF), which comprises money the council has levied on developers to help pay for community and neighbourhood infrastructure improvements across the borough.

Over the past three years more than £7.2m in WLF money has been spent on local initiatives including schemes to support safer communities, employment opportunities for young people, better pavements and improved parks and playgrounds.

For more information about the fund visit http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/WLF.

Another design for parents and children to consider